Golf course architect Forrest Richardson, of the United States, has recently completed a book, Routing the Golf Course. The 528-page reference work covers the origins of golf courses, how land is evaluated for golf, laying out the course and techniques for presenting routing plans. Featured chapters include an in-depth look at St. Andrews and its influence to golf course design, and Cypress Point in Monterey, California that is often heralded as the “best golf course in the world.”
“The goal was to write about a part of golf architecture that is often forgotten – yet so very crucial,” noted Richardson. “Routing holes to form a layout is the very anatomy of any course, the rest is flesh and skin: important, but not nearly as permanent.”
Routing the Golf Course takes readers on several short stories, each looking at routing in a different perspective. Interviews are also included from Pete Dye, Jay Morrish, and former PGA player, Peter Oosterhuis.
Routing the Golf Course is available at bookstores, or directly from the author for clients and those attending seminars given by Richardson.